General Election: November 7, 2017

An information resource for Washington voters



Michael Spearman


Washington Court of Appeals

Division I, District One, Position 2

Michael SpearmanLegal/Judicial Experience: Appellate Court Judge (2010 - present); Mediator/Arbitrator (2007-2010); Superior Court Judge (1993-2007); Attorney in Private Practice (1986-88); Public Defender (1983-86; 1989-93)

Other Professional Experience: Machinist, Union Steward, member of IAM (1974-78); Independent Auditor, Seattle Police Department, Office of Professional Accountability (2009-10)

Education: B.A. Brown University (1974); J.D. New York University (1981)

Community Service: Office of Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee (2012-present); Trustee, King County Bar Association (2007-10); Board Member: Family Law Court Appointed Special Advocates for children (2008-10), The Defender Association (2008-09), Seadrunnar, residential drug treatment program (2003-2016)

Statement: Michael Spearman was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to the Court of Appeals in 2010, following a distinguished 14-year career as a King County Superior Court judge. He has also served as a mediator and arbitrator in private practice helping individuals resolve their disputes outside of court. He is well respected for his calm demeanor, intelligence and impartiality.

Judge Spearman has been endorsed by over 90 judges from across the state (including all Justices of the Washington State Supreme Court) as well as Legislators (Roger Goodman, Jamie Pedersen, Ruth Kagi, Cindy Ryu, Joan McBride, Marcie Maxwell, ret., Adam Kline, ret.). Council Members (Rod Dembowski, Larry Gossett, Joe McDermott, Kathy Lambert, Tim Burgess), AG Bob Ferguson, former US Attorney John McKay, former AG Rob McKenna, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, and Community Leaders (Bobbe & Jon Bridge, George Griffin, Fe Lopez, Karl de Jong, Ron Ward), the King County Democrats and the 36th, 37th and 41st LDs.

Judge Spearman is the more experienced and better qualified candidate for this position. You are invited to compare for yourself at Please vote to re-elect Judge Spearman to the Court of Appeals.

Web Site:  
  Opponent: Nathan Choi
  Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Society * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluations Committee
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
King County
Bar Association
Refused to
See also admonishment
See also response
Read the Seattle Times Story
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association * Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
The LGBT Bar Association
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified

* No rating available (yet).

Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Seattle Times  
Seattle Weekly  
The Stranger  

  Campaign Finance Report, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
Write to

As the election approaches, will include ratings and endorsements from numerous organizations. We provide this information so that voters will be better informed about the candidates. We do not rate or endorse any candidates; the ratings and endorsements of organizations included at this site reflect the views of those individual organizations and not necessarily the views of or its sponsors.